Full roundup of Willis Press Clippings…

available at the Ellen Willis Tumblr page. And the first demurral I’ve seen of Out of the Vinyl Deeps, from longtime rockcritics.com reader/inquisitor, Beppe Colli, over at his website, Clouds and Clocks. It’s not entirely clear to me what Beppe’s issues with Willis are, but this sentence might be a hint: “Reading this book, it immediately dawned on me that, though their styles are quite … Continue reading Full roundup of Willis Press Clippings…

Neil Tennant Recalls Smash Hits Days in Word Magazine Podcast

I’m only about halfway through this podcast, but if you’re a fan of a) the Pet Shop Boys, b) Smash Hits magazine (Creem for New Pop Brit teens?), c) the years 1980-1983 or so, it’s a fairly useful discussion that fills in a lot of blanks about all three of those things. Particularly about Neil Tennant’s stint as a music journalist, which is a bigger … Continue reading Neil Tennant Recalls Smash Hits Days in Word Magazine Podcast

Phil & Scott’s Top 100s, 2011 Facebook Edition (Part 2)

As promised, here’s Phil’s Top 100. (Note that Phil has also started to reprint his list — with his original comments — on his web page.)

1. “Only Love Can Break Your Heart,” Neil Young (1970)
2. “My Favorite Things,” John Coltrane (1961)
3. “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart,” Wilco (2002)

4. “Running From Home,” Bert Jansch (1965)
5. “The Boy Who Crossed the Street,” St. James Infirmary (1989)
6. “Outta Control,” 50 Cent (feat Mobb Deep) (2005)
7. “Blues Run the Game,” Jackson C. Frank (1965)
8. “Too Late,” Wire (1978)
9. “Consider Me Gone,” Jellystone Park (1991)
10. “Trois Gymnopédies,” Erik Satie (1888)

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Phil & Scott’s Top 100s, 2011 Facebook Edition (Part 1)

Twenty years ago, Phil Dellio and I each published our 100 favourite singles in Phil’s Radio On fanzine. To commemorate this important Vigintennial, we decided to do it all over again, this time in a Facebook page we created — called, excitingly enough, Phil & Scott’s Top 100s. I’m re-printing our current lists here, sans comments (which you can read on Facebook if you have an account and are so inclined to bother).

My Top 100 is below, I’ll post Phil’s tomorrow. Of course, I’d already change about a quarter of my list, and as I noted right from the start, the order of songs is virtually meaningless to me. To prove my point: just as an experiment, when we completed our countdown (on Facebook we each posted one song per day), I reprinted my entire list in reverse order. It made exactly as much sense to me with Frank Hutchison at #1 and Brian Eno at #100, with George McRae at #2 and Fifth Dimension at #99, etc. (Shirley and Company at #46, however — that never changes.)

1. “Here Come the Warm Jets,” Eno (1973)
2. “Wedding Bell Blues,” Fifth Dimension (1969)
3. “They Don’t Know,” Tracey Ullman (1984)

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